Smith County, Texas

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Restoration of the
Hubbard Family Cemetery

The Hubbard Family Cemetery before restoration was started by the Men's Garden Club of Hide-A-Way.

The historic Hubbard family cemetery is located among residential lots in the city of Hideaway, Smith County, Texas.

The highest hilltop of his 720 acre plantation was selected by Richard B. Hubbard, Sr. as the location of his family cemetery in the late 1850's. He was the first to be buried there followed by his son's wife, Eliza Hudson, and four of their children. Also buried there are about 40 plantation workers, then known as slaves. Hubbard's son, Richard B. Hubbard, Jr. was a civil war Infantry Colonel, Lt. Governor and Governor of Texas(1875-1879) and ambassador to Japan.

No interrments in the family cemetery occured after 1877. The plantation was sold in the 1890's including the cemetery.

Between 1967 and 1971, most of the former plantation became part of a private residential community, Hide-A-Way Lake. The dormant and overgrown cemetery was platted as a one-quarter acre restricted lot. In 1978, the Texas Historical Commission designated the cemetery as a Texas historical site. The Men's Garden Club of Hide-A-Way, in 2001, took on the task of cleaning up the cemetery as a club project. A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation was formed, the Hubbard Cemetery Association for the purpose of restoring and preserving this site.

The six Hubbard graves were initially covered with large, flat iron-ore rocks and still remain in place. This area has been sectioned off with low posts and a swag chain. A granite pylon, with inscriptions of the six family members is located in the center of the grave sites.

The "slave" graves were located after removal of years of decayed leaves. The 40 located graves are identified by a vertically-buried iron-ore rock as a headstone. Some of the markers protrude above the ground level by only several inches.

On April 27, 2002, a rededication ceremony was conducted at the cemetery. Special guests included six descendnats of Richard B. Hubbard's second wife,
Janie Roberts.

The cemetery is maintained by the Hubbard Cemetery Association and is open to the general public.

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